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How driving with a dog in your car could land you a hefty £2,500 fine

If you're a dog owner, it's likely that you'll probably drive with your beloved pet i..

By admin , in Cambridge , at April 10, 2018

If you're a dog owner, it's likely that you'll probably drive with your beloved pet in the car beside you at least once a week.

But here's the bad news. If your dog isn't restrained properly in your car while your driving, you run the risk of being stopped and landing yourself a big fine.

The logic is that unrestrained pets can cause distractions that could be deadly for yourself and others, Essex Live reports.

Rule 57 of the Highway Code states: When in a vehicle make sure dogs and other animals are suitably restrained so they cannot distract you while you are driving or injure you, or themselves, if you stop quickly."

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While breaking the Highway Code doesn't carry a direct penalty, drivers could still be pulled over for driving without due care and attention.

This can result in a maximum fine of £2,500 and nine penalty points.

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Should the breach of the Highway be extreme, then a compulsory ban and re-test could be enforced.

In the event an unrestrained pet has caused an accident, then an insurer is likely to refuse to pay out.

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What you should do when driving with pets

1. Don't allow your pet to ride with its head hanging out of the window, as it's potentially dangerous and can cause injury.

2. Always carry a large water bottle (5 litres minimum) in case your pet overheats and needs to be rapidly cooled in an emergency.

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3. Use sun shades on the windows when it is hot or the sun is bright and never leave a pet in a hot car.

4. Don't feed your pet within two hours of starting a long car journey to avoid carsickness.

5. Pack a favourite toy or blanket to give your pet a sense of familiarity.

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